When your name is Vin Diesel, you have two "Fast and Furious" installments under your belt, and a video game is designed around your heroic visage, the chances are good that you'll nab the leading part when it's turned into a movie. So, Variety's announcement that Vin Diesel will be starring in Paramount's game-to-film adaptation of "The Wheelman" should really come as a surprise to no one. However, it is news that John Singleton will direct, although given his past work on "2 Fast, 2 Furious" that might not be surprising either!
The game (and the movie) has Diesel playing an expert driver who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past. He ends up in Barcelona, caught in the middle of a gang war, which encourages a lot of guns, explosions, and Diesel grimness.
The "Wheelman" video game hit store shelves just last month, but the project has been brewing since 2006. Paramount formed a partnership with Midway Games (both owned by Sumner Redstone) with the idea of releasing the game and its big screen adaptation simultaneously. However, Redstone sold his stake in Midway and the game moved to Ubisoft, though Paramount has kept their interest in bringing it to silver screens.
The film's script was penned by Rich Wilkes, but rewritten by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell. is being produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Diesel, and his One Race Films partner, Samantha Vincent. While the film is being fast tracked into production, no start date is available, but as Diesel has a pretty clean slate, it could hit the accelerator any day.
Any fans of "The Wheelman" out there? Will it break the trend of video games turning into awful movies? Or do you not care one way or another, so long as you get to see more of Vin Diesel?